Pannepot | De Struise Brouwers

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Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Old Fisherman's Ale is a dark ale brewed with spices. Pannepot is a term that describes the Fishing Boats from the village of De Panne. Brewed and bottled on the Deca Brewery in Woesten-Vleteren.

EBC:99, IBU:27, OG:1100, FG:1025, ABV:10%
Hops: Bramling Cross, Hallaertau MF

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Reviews: 836 | Ratings: 2,377
Photo of amano_h
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2016 Vintage. Poured into a De Struise Tulip.

Sweet dark fruit dominate the aroma, with plums, figs, ripe blackberry, and a hint of raisins hitting the nose hard from the start. The initial onslaught of fruit is followed by a strong layer of toffee, a little bit of chocolate, and some rich rich roasted malts; the fabled Pannepot "spices" (hazelnut, vanilla, etc.) aren't as obstuse as previous iterations, but do eventually surface if you give it some time.

Mouth follows the nose very closely. A ton of jammy figs, ripe plums, toffee, and roasted malts take center stage, while a supporting cast of dark chocolate cake, vanilla, liquorice and dates makes sure that the flavors aren't too single dimensional and burdensome on the palate. This year's vintage has a nice mild coffee-like finish which intensifies with time and temperature.

As it has been each year: medium-bodied with a creamy initial mouthfeel; low but nevertheless a substantial amount of carbonation

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Photo of KVNBGRY
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Prunes, figs, toffee, burnt sugar. All the goods. Big, not too boozy, and a perfect amount of carb. Medium mouthfeel, right where it should be. This was the 2011 bottle. Stored in a 55°cellar the entire time.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.35/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From the 11.2 fl oz bottle. 2014 batch. I'll give it high marks for the way it looks with its dark brown to near black color. There is no head. The aroma is a mesh of dark sweet malt and sour, wild ale yeast. Not much in the way of hops and especially no booze for 10%. But it still does not draw me in. Smoother medium or better body. A kind of sweet and spicy flavor but there is this kind of cardboard thing going on that brings it all down. I'm willing to give it a half way decent rating but it would not be high on my list for repeats.

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Photo of jason3125
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2011

Little head, no lacing, and dark brown

It smells like a sticky bun with raisins

The taste is slightly sour, figs and raisins

The mouthful is thin with a slight burn.

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Photo of Slack
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark brown and opaque with little head and no lacing

Aromas of sweet dark fruits – fig and raisin, coffee, caramel, malt, alcohol, spice

Taste is overwhelmingly sweet fig and raisin with a malty undertone. Spice and coffee are present towards the end.

Mouthful is medium to heavy and creamy with low carbonation

A great quad sipper that could be easily paired with a dessert or as a standalone.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mine's a 2015 bottle. I asked for a fresh one.

A: Almost black body with a light beige head.
S: A familiar peppy estery smell, can't quite think of anything analogous to it. Bit of coffee and chocolate.
T: Slightly sour, lots of dried figs, sweet and syrupy, some smokey coffee and earthiness. Not your regular quadrupel. Very grassy aftertaste. Medicinal, like cough syrup and slightly sickly with it. After not long the finish becomes grassy. Seeing cross references here to English barley wines and impy stouts. Hints of liquorice. Very little fizz.
O: Interesting. A big beer with a lot of different qualities. A bit sickly and cloying though.

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Photo of pagriley
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2011 bottle poured into a snifter

L - Pours effervescent deep mahogany with half inch caramel head
S - Toffee, vanilla, and a touch of booze
T - Sweet raisins, figs and caramel. A very slight hint of spice but you really have to look for it
F - Medium bodied, creamy with a slight prickle to the carb

Overall this really put me in mind of a scotch ale. Not sure the distinction, but not much of what I think of as 'typical' Belgian characteristics (esters) and a more malty medium body compared to lighter quads.
A super tasty beer - one I will revist the next time I see it

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage. Poured from fridge temp ( 48 degrees) into a tulip and allowed to warm. Appearance is a rich dark brown with good carbonation. Smell is amazing - a quad with a lot of fruit, spice, and caramel. I am getting grapes and cherries. Vanilla. Taste is so smooth. Rich caramel, a bit of nut, and sweet fruit. Great mouthfeel. Didn't disappoint!

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Photo of YodersBeerEmporium
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had a 2014 vintage...was a little apprehensive at what a 'FIshermans ale" would taste like.....very nice light spice and caramel. Not too strong but not a light or watery beer at all. Really enjoyed it!

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Photo of janubio
2.93/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Label reads 2006, though as far as I know they don't change the recipe. Minimu of white head that does not hold. Dark colour with some red hints when you pour it. Aroma of dark fruits, raisins, plums, caramel, coffee. Creamy palate. Taste is similar to armoa, raisins, plums, dates, caramel, coffee. I notice a lot of things and some complexity, but there's some coke feel, and the poor head, that tells me my bottle is not in good conditions. I'll have to taste another one and review it.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage.

Pours dark auburn brown with minimal head. Smells heavily of brown sugar and caramel with fruitcake spiciness. Tastes with a big tart dark fruit punch up front- plum, dark cherry, raisins, boozy port wine notes, held down at the end by a "holiday-esque" spice profile- nutmeg, allspice, and heavy dark caramel and molasses sweetness. Feel is dense and soft, making the flavors linger for a long time. Great beer. Classic.

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Photo of sordyl
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Old Fisherman's Ale aged on Oak, 2010 vintage. Would not have placed this as a Quad. Taste dates, leather and some cherry. I probably could rate this higher but its not among my favorite styles.

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Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2014 bottle. Was a slight gusher. Black brown in color. Tan head.

Very raisiny. Lots of molasses. Brown sugar and spice. Too much spice fresh in my opinion. Caramel
And chocolate malt. Some toffee. Cherries and fig. Plums.

Full bodied. A tad too much carbonation.

I think this beer needs a couple years to mellow out a bit. I'm also concerned with the level of carbonation.

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Photo of Rothobinide
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage - tasted on June 9, 2015. Poured out a hazy, reddish-brown with minimal head. Smelled like gingerbread cookies! Taste was of spiced cookies or cake - I detected notes of ginger, cinnamon, orange peel, maple syrup, cloves, vanilla... mouthfeel was velvety-smooth. A distinctive quad - don't think I've had one quite like this before.

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Photo of SpanishUnicorn
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a 2010 bottle at the Delirium Cafe in Brussels. Tasty, complex quad. Plum, fig, dates, raison, dark cherry come through on the nose. Taste follows the nose with an addition of burnt brown sugar and a nice alcohol bite. Very nice mouthfeel and an aftertaste that makes you want more.

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Photo of thebeers
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany with small tan head. Dark fruits, cherry cola, leather and a good amount of chocolate in the nose. Thick, slightly syrupy mouthfeel typical of the style with warming alcohol present up front. Similar flavors as the aroma, along with a hint of anise and other spices. Pretty good. Left it alone on the kitchen counter for a few minutes and it attracted fruit flies I didn't even know we had.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle & 2009 bottle.
2009 review
Surprising amount of carbonation pops first, who would think a 6 yr old bottle would hold its carbonation so well. Flavours of cherry cola & figs balanced with leather and a slight bit of dust. Like you licked a leather bound book that's been in the shelf for a few years. Smells burst with cherry cola and new leather.
Incredible sipping brew, gold standard!

Thanks to @mathieuc for including this in the canbif

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Photo of stevoj
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drinking a 2011 vintage bottle...25cl fromMi-Orge Mi-Houblon. Pours drak brown/ruby red with a hint of foam clinging to the edges of the glass. Aroma is prunes, raisins, apricots, molasses. Taste is sweet, a mild tartness, dried fruit and candy. Palate is dry, mouthfeel is oily. Complex brew, but deserving of its fame.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(2011 bottle - about 55F - poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: pours fairly silently - only a 1/4-1/2 of foam... impenetrably black, save for a bit of light coming through the top, where it's deep brown... a rather thick collar manages to cling for awhile

S: caramel in great degree... European dark chocolate drops lightly dusted with coffee... faintest whiff of booze atop dried cherry/cranberry... smells thick... very inviting overall, though it wouldn't hurt for it to flash some more heat

T: coffee up front and certainly in the aftertaste... a rush fruit brandy in the beginning, washed away by the bitter roasted coffee, and perhaps a bit of ash and charred wood lingering... alcohol becomes more apparent after 4-5 sips... little bit of dried grass on the edges... large perception of sweetness, however, it finishes clean and fairly dry... not sure where the spices come into play - this tastes not too dissimilar from any other fine stout-ish Belgian ale

F: a good bit less weighty on the palate than one would anticipate - and wonderfully, dangerously so... that is, until you pour the dregs in, and it then fills out and silks up... it IS remarkable how quickly and thoroughly it drops off in body, leaving little to chew on

O: great beer, no question... would rather try this somewhat fresh to perhaps catch a little heat and see what the spicing is all about... $5.99 is not bad for a bottle of this though - looking forward to getting some more

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Photo of JaimeLondon
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great quad that was selled as a barley wine =P
Has a nice dark brown color and a moka foam, not very large.
Smell is really complex, malty with tones of dried fruits, cherry, and also almond liquor.
Taste is similar with some hops in the end. Alcohol is perceptible in a nice way.
Feel is really good, the beer have body and carbonation at levels lower than quads usually do.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Served on tap, the beer was a murky brown color with few bubbles near the top.

Smell - The dark fruits come of the aroma. The stickiness actually comes through in the smell.

Taste - In the initial taste, I detect sweet raisins, prunes, and sweet malts. The is a certain nuttiness that collaborates with bread notes. Some of the sweetness dries up in the aftertaste, but sweet fruits linger.

Mouthfeel - Sticky would be a good word to describe the mouthfeel. The taste sticks to the tongue, allowing the taste to last.

Overall - This is a very underappreciate beer in the world of DIPAs and barrel aged stouts. It is a great beer for a cold night.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured like good lovin'. Tastes like a chutney of raisins, dates, and figs that had previously soaked in a vat of red wine. The texture of this beer was lovely as well.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a chalice-shaped glass. Bottle indicates it's a 2014.

The head is big, fluffy and shows good persistence. The head is a dark khaki. The body looks black but hints of lightness convince me this is probably more of a deep dark brown brew. No matter the color, it's a gorgeous-looking brew. 5

I smell Dr. Pepper or root beer initially, a blend of syrupy sweetness and sweeter spice. A floral aroma, dark fruit and dark chocolate also lurk within. Oak and vanilla and a toasted smell linger on the finish. 4.25

Tastes like what I was smelling. Tart dark cherries, a floral bouquet, cola-like spice and sweetness, and notes of dark chocolate. The finish reminds me of bourbon with oak and vanilla lingering like a shot of said booze. 4.25

The mouthfeel is where I must ding this particular version a bit. It's thinner than a quad or Belgian dark should be and is a tad light in carbonation. The hint of tartness and spice and sweetness work well together so that's a plus. 3.75

Tasty but I've liked other years better.

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Photo of socon67
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2011 vintage

Dark brown pour with a macchiato thick crème foam. Scents of freshly baked cake, raisins, and dates hit the nose. Taste is sweet and warming, with a rich yeasty finish.

This quad has a thickness which combined with the potency makes it a true sipping beer. This is just a notch below the top quads out there. A truly great beer from Struise.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in colour, beige head. Aroma of red wine, dark (dried) fruits, coffee. Flavours same. Finishes sour and coffee-like.
Unique beer. Similar to trappist quadrupels (dark fruits) and imperial stouts (coffee). I liked Reserva better, but this is excellent also.

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Pannepot from De Struise Brouwers
4.33 out of 5 based on 2,377 ratings.
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